Best of
Science-Fiction

1982

Selected Stories of Philip K. Dick


Philip K. Dick - 1982
    Dick was a master of science fiction, but he was also a writer whose work transcended genre to examine the nature of reality and what it means to be human. A writer of great complexity and subtle humor, his work belongs on the shelf of great twentieth-century literature, next to Kafka and Vonnegut. Collected here are twenty-one of Dick's most dazzling and resonant stories, which span his entire career and show a world-class writer working at the peak of his powers.In "The Days of Perky Pat," people spend their time playing with dolls who manage to live an idyllic life no longer available to the Earth's real inhabitants. "Adjustment Team" looks at the fate of a man who by mistake has stepped out of his own time. In "Autofac," one community must battle benign machines to take back control of their lives. And in "I Hope I Shall Arrive Soon," we follow the story of one man whose very reality may be nothing more than a nightmare. The collection also includes such classic stories as "The Minority Report," the basis for the Steven Spielberg movie, and "We Can Remember It for You Wholesale," the basis for the film Total Recall. Selected Stories of Philip K. Dick is a magnificent distillation of one of American literature's most searching imaginations.» Introduction by Jonathan Lethem1. Beyond Lies the Wub (wikipedia)2. Roog (wikipedia)3. Paycheck (wikipedia, imdb)4. Second Variety (wikipedia, imdb)5. Imposter (wikipedia)6. The King of the Elves (wikipedia, imdb)7. Adjustment Team (wikipedia, imdb)8. Foster, You're Dead! (wikipedia)9. Upon the Dull Earth (wikipedia)10. Autofac (wikipedia)11. The Minority Report (wikipedia, imdb)12. The Days of Perky Pat (wikipedia)13. Precious Artifact14. A Game of Unchance15. We Can Remember It for You Wholesale (wikipedia, imdb)16. Faith of Our Fathers (wikipedia)17. The Electric Ant (wikipedia)18. A Little Something for Us Tempunauts (wikipedia)19. The Exit Door Leads In (wikipedia)20. Rautavaara's Case (wikipedia)21. I Hope I Shall Arrive Soon (wikipedia)

E.T. the Extra-Terrestrial in His Adventure on Earth


William Kotzwinkle - 1982
    First you find a friend...Filmaker STEVEN SPIELBERG and novelist WILLIAM KOTZWINKLE together create a magical story about two unforgettable friends: a gentle being from another world who is stranded on Earth, hunted, afraid and alone....and a ten-year-old boy who finds him and takes him home.--from back cover of paperback version

Crystal Singer


Anne McCaffrey - 1982
    And after ten grueling years of musical training, she was still without prospects. Until she heard of the mysterious Heptite Guild who could provide careers, security, and wealth beyond imagining. The problem was, few people who landed on Ballybran ever left. But to Killashandra the risks were acceptable....

Stalking the Nightmare


Harlan Ellison - 1982
    (1957)The 3 Most Important Things in Life (Scenes from the Real World #1) (1978) • essayVisionary (1959) / Harlan Ellison and Joe L. HensleyDjinn, No Chaser (1982)Invasion Footnote (1957)Saturn, November 11th (Scenes from the Real World #2) (1981) • essayNight of Black Glass (1981)Final Trophy (1957)!!!The!!Teddy!Crazy!!Show!!! (1968)The Cheese Stands Alone (1982)Somehow, I Don't Think We're in Kansas, Toto (Scenes from the Real World #3) (1974) • essayTranscending Destiny (1957)The Hour That Stretches (1982)The Day I Died (1973) • essayTracking Level (1956)Tiny Ally (1957)The Goddess in the Ice (1967)Gopher in the Gilly (Scenes from the Real World #4) (1982) • essay

Keep Watching the Skies!: American Science Fiction Movies of the Fifties: The 21st Century Edition


Bill Warren - 1982
    With new entries on several films, it also revisits, revises and expands the commentary on every film in the 1982 and 1986 two-volume edition. In addition to a detailed plot synopsis, cast and credit listings, and an overview of each film's critical reception, Warren delivers richly informative assessments of the films and a wealth of insights and anecdotes about their making, often drawing on remarks by the filmmakers that have emerged in the quarter century since the original edition. The book is arranged by film title, contains 273 photographs (many rare, some in color), has seven useful appendices, and concludes with an enormous index.

Fire Dancer


Ann Maxwell - 1982
    Reprint.

The Martian Way and Other Stories


Isaac Asimov - 1982
    Each of the long stores also shows his considerable skill in fully fleshing out a speculative scientific or social possibility.Contents:· The Martian Way · na Galaxy Nov ’52 · Youth · nv Space Science Fiction May ’52 · The Deep · ss Galaxy Dec ’52 · Sucker Bait [Troas] · na Astounding Feb ’54

Dawn


Yoshiki Tanaka - 1982
    He seeks to overthrow the old order and become a truly absolute—yet benevolent—dictator. His rival, the humble Yang Wen-li of the Free Planets Alliance, wishes to preserve democracy even if he must sacrifice his political ideals to defeat the Empire. Their political and military battles play out over a galactic chessboard in an epic saga fifteen centuries in the making!

The Thing


Alan Dean Foster - 1982
    A strange unknown creature attacks the inhabitants of a secluded outpost in the Antarctic

Sten


Chris Bunch - 1982
    The factory planet is ugly, harsh, and company-run for centuries. Sten meets a stranger who is his ticket off - and back.

An Alien Music


Annabel Johnson - 1982
    Sixteen-year-old Jesse relates the experiences of the Sky-Lab Seven crew as they become the sole survivors of the dying planet Earth only to have their plans to colonize Mars irreversibly shattered.

Darkchild


Sydney J. Van Scyoc - 1982
    Her way was hard, but she knew her heritage and her future...Then, in the dead of winter, a ship brought Darkchild. He was not of her race, he had no memory. How could he pose a threat to her people that the Arnimi assured her he did? Was Darkchild all that he seemed?

The Best of Randall Garrett


Randall Garrett - 1982
    A collection of short stories with writing about Randall Garrett by: Philip Jose Farmer; Marion Zimmer Bradley; Isaac Asimov; Poul Anderson; Larry Niven; Ben Bova; Norman Spinrad; Frank Herbert; Anne McCaffrey; Harry Harrison; and Gordon R. Dickson. Contents:The Hunting Lodge (1954)The Waiting Game (1951)Isaac Asimov's The Caves of Steel: A Review in Verse (1956)Alfred Bester's The Demolished Man: A Review in Verse (1956)Poul Anderson's Three Hearts and Three Lions: A Calypso in Search of a Rhyme (1978)No Connections (1958)The Best Policy (1957)Time Fuze (1954)A Little Intelligence (1958) by Robert Silverberg and Randall Garrett [as by Robert Randall]The Eyes Have It (1964)The Spell of War (1978)Frost and Thunder (1979)

The City in the Stars


Victor Appleton - 1982
    Despite attempts to sabotage his newly-invented fusion drive spacecraft, a young scientist investigates the sinister, eminent head of the space colony who is hiding serious flaws in his own new craft.

The Best Short Stories of Fredric Brown


Fredric Brown - 1982
    Contents 7 • Publisher's Note • (1982) • essay by Anonymous 9 • Introduction (The Best Short Stories of Fredric Brown) • (1951) • essay by Fredric Brown (variant of Introduction (Space on My Hands)) 11 • Something Green • (1951) • short story by Fredric Brown 22 • Crisis, 1999 • (1949) • short story by Fredric Brown 42 • Pi in the Sky • (1945) • novelette by Fredric Brown 75 • Knock • (1948) • short story by Fredric Brown 88 • All Good BEMs • (1949) • short story by Fredric Brown 101 • Daymare • (1943) • novelette by Fredric Brown 150 • Nothing Sirius • (1944) • short story by Fredric Brown 171 • Star Mouse • [Mitkey • 1] • (1942) • novelette by Fredric Brown (variant of The Star Mouse) 196 • Come and Go Mad • (1949) • novelette by Fredric Brown 245 • Nasty • (1959) • short story by Fredric Brown 248 • Abominable • (1960) • short story by Fredric Brown 252 • Rebound • (1960) • short story by Fredric Brown 255 • Nightmare in Gray • (1961) • short story by Fredric Brown 257 • Nightmare in Green • (1961) • short story by Fredric Brown 259 • Nightmare in White • (1961) • short story by Fredric Brown 261 • Nightmare in Blue • (1961) • short story by Fredric Brown 264 • Nightmare in Yellow • (1961) • short story by Fredric Brown 267 • Nightmare in Red • (1961) • short story by Fredric Brown 269 • Unfortunately • (1958) • short story by Fredric Brown 271 • Granny's Birthday • (1960) • short story by Fredric Brown 274 • Cat Burglar • (1961) • short story by Fredric Brown 276 • The House • (1960) • short story by Fredric Brown 280 • Second Chance • (1961) • short story by Fredric Brown 283 • Great Lost Discoveries I - Invisibility • [Great Lost Discoveries • 1] • (1961) • short story by Fredric Brown 286 • Great Lost Discoveries II - Invulnerability • [Great Lost Discoveries • 2] • (1961) • short story by Fredric Brown 288 • Great Lost Discoveries III - Immortality • [Great Lost Discoveries • 3] • (1961) • short story by Fredric Brown 290 • Dead Letter • (1961) • short story by Fredric Brown 292 • Recessional • (1961) • short story by Fredric Brown 295 • Hobbyist • non-genre • (1961) • short story by Fredric Brown 298 • The Ring of Hans Carvel • (1961) • short story by Fredric Brown 300 • Vengeance Fleet • (1950) • short story by Fredric Brown (variant of Vengeance, Unlimited) 304 • Rope Trick • (1959) • short story by Fredric Brown 306 • Fatal Error • (1961) • short story by Fredric Brown 308 • The Short Happy Lives of Eustace Weaver I • [The Short Happy Lives of Eustace Weaver • 1] • (1961) • short story by Fredric Brown 310 • The Short Happy Lives of Eustace Weaver II • [The Short Happy Lives of Eustace Weaver • 2] • (1961) • short story by Fredric Brown 312 • The Short Happy Lives of Eustace Weaver III • [The Short Happy Lives of Eustace Weaver • 3] • (1961) • short story by Fredric Brown 315 • Expedition • (1956) • short story by Fredric Brown 318 • Bright Beard • (1961) • short story by Fredric Brown 320 • Jaycee • (1955) • short story by Fredric Brown 322 • Contact • (1960) • short story by Fredric Brown (variant of Earthmen Bearing Gifts) 325 • Horse Race • (1961) • short story by Fredric Brown 328 • Death on the Mountain • (1961) • short story by Fredric Brown 332 • Bear Possibility • (1960) • short story by Fredric Brown 335 • Not Yet the End • (1941) • short story by Fredric Brown 339 • Fish Story • (1961) • short story by Fredric Brown 342 • Three Little Owls (A Fable) • (1961) • short story by Fredric Brown 345 • Runaround • (1942) • short story by Fredric Brown 351 • Murder in Ten Easy Lessons • (1945) • short story by Fredric Brown 361 • Dark Interlude • (1951) • short story by Fredric Brown and Mack Reynolds 371 • Entity Trap • (1950) • short story by Fredric Brown (variant of From These Ashes ...) 389 • The Little Lamb • (1953) • short story by Fredric Brown 404 • Me and Flapjack and the Martians • (1952) • short story by Fredric Brown and Mack Reynolds 414 • The Joke • (1948) • short story by Fredric Brown 425 • Cartoonist • (1951) • short story by Fredric Brown and Mack Reynolds 435 • The Geezenstacks • (1943) • short story by Fredric Brown 447 • The End • (1961) • short story by Fredric Brown

City of Baraboo


Barry B. Longyear - 1982
    The Last Show on Earth finds its survival by taking to the stars and playing the worlds of the near galaxy, becoming the greatest show off Earth.

The Dawning Shadow: The Light on the Sound


S.P. Somtow - 1982
    The planet Gallendys is ruled by the Inquestors, unseen beings who are able to travel instantaneously to any place in the universe via tachyon bubbles.

Courtship Rite


Donald Kingsbury - 1982
    Courtship Rite is a sf novel by American writer Donald Kingsbury, originally serialized in Analog magazine in 1982. The book is set in the same universe as some of his other stories, such as Shipwright (1978) & the unpublished The Finger Pointing Solward. In the UK, the novel was entitled Geta, in France, Parade nuptiale. Courtship Rite was the 1st winner of the Compton Crook Award for best 1st novel & was nominated for the Hugo Award for Best Novel in 1983. The novel details the attempts of two of the priest-clans, the Kaiel & the Mnankrei, to expand into territory controlled by the Stgal. Ultimately, all the priest clans are trying to attain dominance of the planet through the use of new technology, propaganda, treachery & "war", a new concept in this world. Previously, killing was done merely in order to provide food. Jo Walton remarked that Courtship Rite "is about a distant generation of colonists on a planet with no usable animals. This is the book with everything, where everything includes cannibalism, polyamory, evolution & getting tattoos so your skin will make more interesting leather when you’re dead."

Pawn To Infinity


Fred Saberhagen - 1982
    Stories tell of game-playing machines, a champion chess player, parallel worlds, and a deadly machine that randomly destroys inhabited planets.

Isaac Asimov: The Foundations of Science Fiction


James E. Gunn - 1982
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The Science in Science Fiction


Peter Nicholls - 1982
    An illustrated survey of the actual science behind recent science fiction investigates the frontiers of contemporary scientific knowledge and the possibility, and probability, of starships, cyborgs, time travel, and other "science-fiction" phenomena

Edgar Rice Burroughs Science Fiction Classics (Barsoom #4-6)


Edgar Rice Burroughs - 1982
    1 Pellucidar - David Innes narrates return under Earth for Dian2 Thuvia-Maid of Mars - Carthoris chases kidnapper Astok of Dusar3 Tanar of Pellucidar - Tanar falls for Korsar captor Stellara4 The Chessman of Mars - Helium Princess Tara caught by headless 5 The Master Mind of Mars - Ulysses Paxton narrates apprentice to brain transfer expert Ras ThavasIllustrated B&W.

Laughing Space: An Anthology of Science Fiction Humor


Isaac Asimov - 1982
    BreenJames T. FarrellBill PronziniHal Draper

The Sibling Bond


Stephen P. Bank - 1982
    The relationships among brothers and sisters are infinitely varied-a sibling can be one's worst enemy or closest companion. Though their love or hate, envy or compassion, and closeness or rivalry are formed in childhood, these bonds last throughout life, creating character and affecting behavior in numerous situations. Strangely, this profound attachment-second only to the parent-child bond-was rarely studied or understood until recently, perhaps because the feelings siblings have about each other are usually both intense and secret.Bank and Kahn chart this unknown territory, offering a theory of the ways in which siblings attach, create each other's identities, and affect the course of each other's lives. Illustrated with poignant portraits of brothers and sisters in childhood, adolescence, and adulthood, this book provides a profound understanding of these complex and enduring relationships, examining the influence of childhood intimacy, parental behavior, family turmoil, birth order, and gender.Based on more than twenty years of research and clinical evidence, The Sibling Bond fifteenth anniversary edition brings fresh insight to important clinical and theoretical issues, including attachment theory, the development of the self, and the emergence of sexual identity. While Bank and Kahn demonstrate the implications of their findings for both individual and family therapy, they also give readers a vivid opportunity to recognize and reflect on their own sibling relationships.

The Demeter Flower


Shelley Singer - 1982
    Singer imagines an entire society created and governed by women who have survived the violent collapse of late-twentieth-century patriarchal society by withdrawing to their own village and guarding their newly-discovered secret of parthenogenesis. The peace is shattered when a pair of outsiders, a man and woman from the medieval patriarchal culture that has developed in the world outside, arrive at the village. A probing, thoughtful story of conflict and survival, love and the reality of change and struggle.

The Shadow Hunter


Pat Murphy - 1982
    Transported to the distant future, to a time beyond our own, he entered a strange world, inhabited by people who did not know the nature spirits or even understand the spirits of their own technology.

Pillars of Eternity


Barrington J. Bayley - 1982
    A novel about:How clones make murder a new sexual experience...How rebuilding one man's skeleton made him the most sensitive and powerful man in the galaxy...How a deck of cards was devised that was really programmed to reveal the future...How a lost planet became the mecca of every treasure-hunter in space...How Joachim Boaz plotted to derail the entire universe!

I, Zombie


Curt Selby - 1982
    When the girl from the asylum drowned in the lake that night, she thought it was the end of her life, but she was wrong. Curt Selby is the pen name of Doris Piserchia.